LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 36-year convicted felon Sunday afternoon after he allegedly brandished a sawed-off shotgun during an argument with his neighbor about parking spots on the road.
Derreck Merchant, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County jail on third-degree possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram charge, third-degree unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge, a Class A misdemeanor deadly conduct charge, and a Class C capias warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Collectively, his bail has been set at $1,754 for the two misdemeanor charges.
According to the narrative of the Lufkin Police Department report, the incident occurred in the 900 block of Jane Street at about 3:41 p.m. Sunday. A Lufkin PD officer was dispatched out in reference to a disturbance, and while he was on the way there, he was told that there was a man on the scene with a shotgun.
When the LPD arrived at the scene, he asked Merchant who had a gun. Merchant allegedly told him there was no gun there and explained that his wife had been arguing with their neighbor about parking spots on the road.
The LPD officer then had another officer speak to Merchant while he talked to the neighbor.
The neighbor told the LPD officer that Merchant's wife came over to his house and yelled at him for being parked in front of her house, the report stated. He told police that he told Merchant's wife that he wasn't going to move the vehicle because she yelled at him.
At that point, Merchant's wife allegedly called the neighbor a "b----" and the neighbor called her the name back. According to the police report's narrative, merchant then pulled his wife away from the neighbor and said," I got something to handle you."
The neighbor told police that Merchant disappeared into his home and came back out with a shotgun that he described as having a brown handle and black barrel, the report stated.
Another person at the scene, told police that she also saw the shotgun and that she saw Merchant point it in their direction, the report stated.
When the LPD officer went back to talk to Merchant, he was told there was a warrant for the man's arrest. The officer arrested Merchant, who told him that he had no weapon on him at no point during the argument, the report stated. Merchant allegedly told the officer talk to his neighbor because he had been outside the whole time and "would know the truth."
The officer spoke to the neighbor, who said that Merchant had a gun, and it looked like a .22-caliber rifle, the report stated.
After the officers got permission to search merchant's home, they found a shotgun matching the witnesses' description in the garage. A box of shells was found near the shotgun, which had a sawed-off barrel, the report stated.